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Blow to Sonko as court upholds Kananu’s appointment as Deputy Governor

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The High Court has thrown out a petition by former Nairobi County Governor Mike Sonko challenging the nomination and swearing in of Deputy Governor Anne Kananu.

The ruling delivered by a three judge bench consisting of Juma Chitembwe, Weldon Korir and Wilfrida Okwany ruled that the nomination, vetting and appointment of Kananu was according to the constitution.

Justice Wilfrida Okwany who read the ruling also dismissed a letter by Sonko revoking the nomination of Kananu.

“From the above analysis it is our finding that the nomination, vetting approval and swearing in of Anne Kananu as the Deputy Governor was constitutional and applied with the applicable laws,” said Okwany.

“Consequently we find that all the petitions challenging her ascendency to the position of Deputy Governor are without merit and are hereby dismissed,” she stated.

Sonko told the court that he had revoked Kananu’s nomination adding that the County Assembly had no powers to appoint her as deputy governor and subsequently take over as the county boss following his impeachment.

“The impeachment of Sonko fully complied with the constitution and statutory requirements. We therefore find the two petitions lack merit and are hereby dismissed,” the judges ruled.


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